To be eligible to undertake any of the PEB Foundation Examinations candidates must hold a degree awarded by a UK institution in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject (a STEM degree).
Candidates holding a degree not awarded by a UK institution must provide a statement of comparability from NARIC with their application form.
If a candidate does not hold a STEM degree they may apply to the PEB to have alternative qualifications and/or experience considered.
The PEB will recognise any request for eligibility previously granted by the JEB.
In order to be eligible to undertake any of the PEB Final Examinations candidates must have passed either:
PEB recognises any eligibility request previously granted by the JEB.
Litigation Skills Examinations
In order to sit the PEB Litigation Skills Examinations, candidates must have completed the CIPA Litigation Skills Course.
Certificates in Patent Administration
There is no need to obtain any prior qualification in order to be eligible to enter for the Introductory Certificate in Patent Administration.
It is advisable that candidates have a minimum of 6-12 months relevant work experience before undertaking the Introductory Certificate in Patent Administration.
In order to be eligible to undertake the PEB Advanced Certificate in Patent Administration candidates must have passed the PEB Introductory Certificate in Patent Administration or its equivalent.
All examination exemptions and passes awarded by the JEB will be accepted as exemptions and passes of the equivalent PEB examinations. They will automatically be transferred from the JEB record to the PEB record. Please note that the PEB policy on granting exemptions differs from that adopted by the JEB.
The PEB can only consider requests for exemptions based on examinations listed in Schedule 3 of the Rules for Examination and Admission of Individuals.
1. Foundation Certificate
The PEB will consider requests for exemptions from the FC2 (English Law) PEB examination if a candidate has successfully completed one of the Law qualifications or law examinations listed in Schedule 3 of the Rules for Examination and Admission of Individuals
The PEB will recognise any exemption previously granted by the JEB.
2. Litigation Skills Examinations
There are no exemptions available for these examinations.
3. Introductory Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Patent Administration
Candidates who hold the Certificate in Patent Administration awarded by CIPA are exempt from the Introductory Patent Administration Certificate.
Publishing Key Dates Policy
The PEB will normally publish by the end of the year which precedes the year in which the examination takes place (e.g. by the end of 2016 for 2017 examinations) the examination dates, including the:
- opening and closing dates of the examination registration period
- dates of the examinations
- the results issue dates.
Registration, Payment, Withdrawal and Refund Policies
Registration for PEB examinations must be made before the published closing date, and payment must be received on or before the published closing date for registration, using the appropriate Examination Registration Form.
The PEB does not accept applications by email.
Payment must be made on receipt of an invoice from PEB using one of the specified methods detailed on the Examination Registration Form. Payment must be received before PEB can confirm Examination Registration.
A receipt acknowledgement email will be sent within 48 hours of receipt of the Examination Registration Form. This is NOT a confirmation of registration.
Withdrawals and Refund Policies
Withdrawals from Qualifying Examinations
If a candidate withdraws from any Qualifying Examination at any time, the fee paid is neither refundable nor transferable after receipt by the candidate of confirmation of registration, with the following exceptions:
A full refund will be given to candidates who:
- withdraw from FD2 (P3) or FD3 (P4) within one month of the publication of the EQE results;
- enter for the PEB English Law (FC2) examination and are subsequently granted an exemption before the examination takes place.
If you wish to withdraw from FC2, FD2 or FD3, please contact the PEB.
Withdrawals from the Litigation Skills Examinations or Patent Administration Examination
If a candidate withdraws from either or both of the Litigation Skills Examinations, the fee paid is neither refundable nor transferable after receipt by the candidate of confirmation of registration.
If you wish to withdraw from either the Litigation Skills Examinations or the Certificate in Patent Administration Examination, please email email@example.com with your request.
Late Examination Entry Policy
Where PEB receives both a correctly completed application form AND the entry fee for a PEB examination by the published deadline, the entry will be deemed to have been received by the closing date and will be processed.
Where either the form and/or the payment is not received by the PEB by the published closing date, the PEB may, at its discretion, process the entry on receipt of the late entry fee.
Change of Examination Venue Policy
Requests to change an examination venue from the one originally requested by the candidate will be considered up to four weeks before the examination (PAC) or up to four weeks before the start of the examination week (Qualifying Examinations).
Requests to change venue received after the above stated dates cannot be considered.
Missed Examinations and Exceptional Circumstances Policy
Candidates who fail to attend an examination at the prescribed time for whatever reason, will not be allowed to take that examination at a different time in that examination cycle.
If there are exceptional circumstances which cause the candidate to know in advance that they will not be able to attend at the prescribed venue, and if the PEB receives enough notice to make the necessary administrative arrangements, the PEB will seek to accommodate a change of venue request.
For information on refunds for missed examinations please see the PEB Registration, Payment, Withdrawal and Refund Policies .
Reasonable Adjustments Policy
Reasonable adjustments are intended to meet the individual needs of a candidate with disabilities without affecting the integrity of the examination. Reasonable adjustments are the principal way in which the PEB complies with its duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’. PEB reasonable adjustments can be awarded for written examinations only, and are agreed before an examination. They allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to:
- access the examination;
- show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the examination.
Timescale for requesting Reasonable Adjustments
Normally candidates will request any reasonable adjustments at the point of registration.
Exceptionally the PEB will consider requests for reasonable adjustments up to four weeks before the examination (PAC, LSC) or up to four weeks before the start of the examination week (Qualifying Examinations).
If the PEB is not able to meet a late request for Reasonable Adjustments, the candidate should consider lodging a Special Consideration request after the examination.
The PEB’s reasonable adjustments policy provides additional support within the following categories.
1. Permanent physical, sensory or mental disability
Candidates with a permanent physical, sensory or mental disability who provide evidence that they are likely to be affected by the disability throughout their life. Examples of proof required include a medical report from a doctor, psychiatrist or educational psychologist.
2. Temporary physical, sensory or mental disability
Candidates with a temporary physical, sensory or mental disability if the condition is likely to affect them for less than one year, and is likely to improve. Examples of a temporary disability could include broken limbs or injury to hands which could impair a candidate's ability to write. Supporting evidence will be required in all cases.
3. Nursing mothers
Nursing mothers may apply for rest breaks. Please contact the PEB to agree the details of the arrangements.
Include but are not limited to:
- extra time;
- supervised rest breaks;
- use of readers, scribes, computers;
- modified question papers (e.g. enlarged print, braille or using coloured paper).
All adjustments granted must be reasonable and not give the candidate an unfair advantage.
Location of Examination
Depending on the type of reasonable adjustment awarded, the PEB may allocate a candidate to a venue best equipped to accommodate their needs. In this circumstance, the venue may not be the centre most local or convenient to the candidate.
Special Consideration Policy
Special consideration may be given by the PEB to candidates in instances that could not have been predicted, or were outside the candidate’s control, which may have impacted on their performance. This ensures that candidates who have a temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of the examination are treated fairly. Examples include influenza, death of a close family member, evacuation of the examination venue, and disturbances during the examination.
Deadline for applying for special consideration
Special consideration must be applied for no later than two weeks after the examination for Qualifying Examinations, and no later one week after the examination for PAC and Litigation Skills.
Supporting evidence should be provided wherever possible. This will typically be, a letter from a doctor, hospital, or authorised person, and/or a full description of the circumstances.
Disturbances affected the whole examination
If the disturbance affected the whole examination room, or a significant section of it, these details will be supplied to the PEB by an invigilator via the invigilator’s report, and affected candidates will be advised that this has been lodged as a special consideration. There is no need to write separately to the PEB in such circumstances, unless you want to bring something else to the attention of the PEB.
Malpractice is any deliberate action or practice that threatens the integrity of any PEB examination. The PEB strives to prevent the occurrence of malpractice in its examinations, in order to safeguard their consistency and integrity.
The following are examples of candidate malpractice:
- Misuse of assessment material, introduction of unauthorised material into the exam room for example notes, study guides, own blank paper, personal stereos, mobile phones and other similar electronic devices
- Obtaining, receiving, exchanging or passing on information which could be examination related by means of talking or using written papers /notes
- Copying from another candidate
- Collusion - working collaboratively with other candidates
- Disruptive behaviour including the use of offensive language
- Failing to abide by the instructions or advice of an invigilator, supervisor, or the PEB in relation to the examination rules and regulations
- Impersonation - pretending to be someone else or arranging for another to take one’s place in an examination
Reporting and Outcomes
All incidents of malpractice, irrespective of the nature of the incident, will be reported to the PEB in writing.
Candidates accused of malpractice will be made fully aware in writing at the earliest opportunity of the nature of the alleged malpractice. Candidates will have the opportunity to respond in writing to any allegations. Such responses should be submitted within 14 days of receipt of the allegations.
The PEB will determine:
- Whether the regulations have been adhered to
- Where the culpability lies for the breach in regulations
- The appropriate measures to be taken to protect the integrity of the award and to prevent future breaches as well as mitigate against any adverse effect
- The nature of any penalty to be applied.
The severity of the penalty will depend on the nature of the malpractice and the extent of any mitigation but may include:
A mark of zero for the particular examination where malpractice was adjudged to have occurred
A mark of zero for the particular examination where malpractice was adjudged to have occurred and a mark of zero for other PEB examinations taken in that year.
Permanent exclusion from all or a particular group of PEB examinations.
Any candidate whom the PEB has decided is guilty of malpractice shall have the right of appeal (see Appeals Policy).
Video Recording Policy
PEB oral examinations will be recorded by video for moderation, training and standardisation purposes.
Examination Resit Policies
There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may resit any of the PEB Qualifying Examinations.
The Litigation Skills Course Examinations are as follows:
The LSC written examination; and
The LSC oral examination.
1. If you fail the written examination but pass the oral examination you will be required to undertake the online course and attend the second day of the face to face course before being allowed to re-sit the written examination.
2. If you pass the written examination but fail the oral examination you will be required to undertake the online course and attend all the sessions of the face to face course (except the mock written examination) before being allowed to re-sit the oral examination.
3. If you fail both the written the oral examinations, you will be required to undertake the online course and attend all the sessions of the face to face course before being allowed to re-sit the failed examinations.
For 1 and 2 above, the maximum time that can elapse before you must retake and pass the failed examination is two years from attempting the first examination. There is no limit on the number of re-sits allowed within the two year time frame. If you have not passed the retaken examination in that two year time frame you will be required to retake the whole course and sit both examinations.
Introductory and Advanced Certificates in Patent Administration
If a candidate is unwell and unable to attend the prescribed examination, they can sit the next scheduled examination without re-attending the course. A fee will be charged for the re-sat examination, and no refund is payable for the missed examination (see Registration, Payment, Withdrawal and Refund Policy). If the candidate then fails the examination, they will be required to retake the whole course and examination.
If a candidate fails to attend three course sessions, they shall not be eligible to take the examination for that course.
If a candidate has failed an examination at or within 10% of the pass mark, they can sit the next scheduled examination without re-attending the course. If a candidate fails the examination at the second attempt, they will be required to retake the whole course and examination, regardless of the mark gained in the second examination.
If a candidate has failed an examination by more than 10% below the pass mark, they must retake the whole course and sit that course’s examination.